Medicine has started to incorporate technology since1870. Recently, the term informatique medicale (medical informatics) began to exist in France and then transformed abroad. 
In 1974, one of the first guides for teaching medical informatics was published, and then Education in Informatics of Health Personnel started to emerge. 
Informatics may be familiar to many pharmacists' communities, however, it did gain the greatest interest over the last half-century.
So, what is pharmacy informatics?
Informatics is the “use of computers to manage data and information” and represents the nexus of people, information, and technology.5 it focuses on the use and integration of data, information, knowledge, and technology involved with medication use processes to give valuable results. [3,4]
Medical informatics is very similar to health informatics, however, the latter is a more specific application of the use of these tools and techniques in endeavors related to the infrastructure, development, and delivery of optimal healthcare.
Informatics is a wide field that includes many major domains such as bioinformatics (ie, cellular and molecular biology, and genomics), public health informatics (for example, application to surveillance and health promotion), imaging informatics, and clinical informatics. [5,6]
Applications of Informatics:
- improving pharmaceutical care in oncology
- providing clinical decision support (CDS)
- Part of practice long before it was a cogent term or discipline
there are many types of pharmacy information management systems (PIMS) used in both ambulatory and acute care settings. For example:
- Compounding and dispensing
- Medication administration
- Monitoring of therapies
To practice pharmacy informatics, Students should be able to label and illustrate most kinds of analyses that may need to be applied such as allergy information, laboratory results, indications, dose, routes of administration, prescription instructions, drug-drug interactions, drug-food interactions, side effects, intolerance, clinical objectives, and expected and apparent outcomes. 
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